corbie-step


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cor·bie-step

also cor·bie·step  (kôr′bē-stĕp′)
n.
One of a series of stepped masonry projections rising above roof level along the sides of a gable wall.

[Middle English corbie, raven, from Old French corbin, from Latin corvīnus, ravenlike; see corbina.]
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corbie-step

or

corbel step

n
(Architecture) architect any of a set of steps on the top of a gable. Also called: crow step
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Noun1.corbie-step - (architecture) a step on the top of a gable wallcorbie-step - (architecture) a step on the top of a gable wall
stair, step - support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway; "he paused on the bottom step"
architecture - the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings; "architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"
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Most of the small villas could be European except for the decoration, the little corbie-step pyramids common at the roof line.